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Lights on Park City
Lucire returns to the Sundance Film Festival, the first time since 2004. Lola Saab reports on the event’s festivities
Vincent de Paul, the actor and producer of Walk a Mile in My Pradas and Silver Case, once explicitly described the main purpose of the Sundance Film Festival: ‘Sundance is a celebration for filmmakers, writer’s actors, cinematographers and artists …’ It unites films from various genres and allows filmmakers to express their inner creativity.
In many ways, fashion and film are one of the same; while a model sets the scene on the runway, an actor does the same on the big screen. Movies reveal intensely detailed descriptions, or at least unique interpretations of them, that books tend to conceal.
A number of guests impatiently wait for the popular American annual event to take place in Utah, situated west of the United States. The event is considered one of the largest film festivals in the country. It opened its doors in 1978, promoting American films, expanding attendees’ horizons from beyond the Hollywood scene.
Sundance is a great opportunity for many independent filmmakers to receive recognition for their artistic ideas on the silver screen. The talented American actor, film director and producer, Robert Redford, founded the Sundance Film Festival and the event lives on to this very day, attracting people in and around the industry to discover a new take on films.
No matter how cold it gets, or even how much it snows in Utah, the show must go on! This year, the unforgettable event kicked off on Thursday, January 17 for an 11-day sensation. Amongst the hustle and bustle of the busy week, the event brings people together to discover new endeavours that hide behind cameras. Guests had the opportunity to sit back in between their busy schedule and mingle in a number of lounges, including the Eco Hideaway Lounge.
There were almost 120 films screened, a number of which were world premières. There were 19 members of the jury selected from the film community, choosing their desired big screen features. American actor–producer Joseph Gordon-Levitt was the host of the 2013 awards’ ceremony on January 26. To begin, the US Grand Jury Prize in the Dramatic category went to 26-year-old filmmaker Ryan Coogler’s Fruitvale.
Other prizes went to:
The Audience Awards went to:
US Dramatic: Fruitvale
Additional prizes in other categories were announced, including directing, cinematography, and editing, and the Special Jury and Short Film Jury awards.
As this year’s event comes to a close, we already look forward for next year’s Sundance Film Festival to take centre-stage in its hometown of Park City, Utah. •
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Lola Saab is Paris editor of Lucire.